Written by Dave Boller for “Working for Christ” @ http://work4christ.wordpress.com/
“LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR THROUGH YOUR WORK!”
“The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:15-17, NIV)
The fact that Jesus was a carpenter tells us that He did not think His occupation was below Him or that He was wasting His many gifts by spending time in the workplace. Think about it for a moment. The One who was the master craftsman of the universe spent a great deal of time during His thirty-three years on earth crafting things with His hands. It’s easy for us to overlook the fact that Jesus knew what it meant to get up and go to work every day. Jesus experienced both the exhilaration and the exhaustion of putting in a hard day’s work. He didn’t see His work as mundane or meaningless – it was the work His Father called Him to do.
I have a pretty good hunch that Jesus was a top-notch carpenter producing work of the highest quality. In fact, even before Jesus entered His rabbinical ministry, Matthew reminds his readers of God’s pleasure in His Son. Following Jesus baptism, the Spirit of God descended as a dove, and a voice from heaven declared, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.“ (Matthew 3:17, NIV) I am sure there were many things that pleased the Father, but one important aspect of Jesus’ life that we must not overlook was His work as a carpenter. Much like us, He spent time in the workplace dealing with the same types of things we deal with every day. He was able to overcome the trials and temptations that affected His life and He was able to receive that vote of confidence from His Father – “with him I am well pleased.” Jesus’ Father is also our Father. How great would it be to hear those very same words about us from our Father in heaven!
We worship God in and through our work, but one of the primary ways we love our neighbor is in and through our vocation. Jesus calls us to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and, Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27, NIV) The transforming truth is that God is very much at work in our work. He is transforming us in our work and transforming the world through our work.
Keep an open mind and an open heart as you enter your workplace today. Love those around you. Help transform the world – one day at a time. Remember, you are “Working for Christ!”